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Six Tips for Insuring Young Drivers

Now that your blood pressure has recovered from giving your teenage driver her first driving lessons, it’s time to add him or her to your insurance policy. But teenage drivers and young adults are historically risky clients for insurance companies – and rates generally reflect that. What is the...

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Vehicle Type has Impact on Insurance Rates

The costs associated with purchasing a vehicle do not end when you pay the dealer. When you own a car, you must pay for gasoline, maintenance and car insurance. The cost of car insurance usually varies based on your driving history, age and the type of car you drive....

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State Minimum Auto Liability: Is It Enough?

State minimum insurance requirements are minimal. Most states demand less than $100,000 for bodily injuries and $50,000 for property damage. Some states require only $10,000 for property damage coverage. How many cars valued at greater than $10,000 travel the highways? How many trucks carrying cargo are worth more than...

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Are You Prepared for a Sewer Backup?

While many homeowners assume otherwise, their insurance policies do not cover a sewer backup. However, there is separate coverage available. In comparison with the cost of dealing with the aftermath of a sewer backup, coverage is a true bargain. Homeowners are responsible for repairing and maintaining the portion of...

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Choosing the Right Roofing Material

Every homeowner wishes for a roof that is cheap, never requires repair and will last forever. However, the average roof must be replaced or repaired about every 10 years. It is important to choose roofing materials carefully to get the most life out of a roof, lessen the amount...

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Understanding the Payment Process

An insurance adjuster is responsible for inspecting damage to a home following a claim. These individuals are also responsible for offering a specific sum of money that is to be used by the policyholder for necessary repairs. As a general rule, the first check received from the insurance company...

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How to Avoid Post-Disaster Scams

Homeowners must exercise caution after their homes are destroyed by fires, tornadoes or other disasters. There are many dishonest scam artists and service providers who are ready to take advantage of distressed homeowners. They know that individuals who have just experienced such a great loss due to disaster are...

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Protecting a Home from Mold

It’s important to have a plan and routine in order to protect a home from mold. This involves constantly looking for watermarks on ceilings or walls, signs of mold growth and musty smells. If mold is caught early enough, it can be removed with a simple cleaning solution of...

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Filing a Homeowners Claim

It’s necessary to file a claim with the insurance company if a home is destroyed by a storm or a visitor is injured. It’s important to keep in mind that a homeowners policy is a contract held between an insurer and an individual. This means that there are specific...

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Why Earthquake Insurance is Important Everywhere

When most people think about earthquakes in the United States, California and Alaska are the two states that come to mind. However, earthquakes can happen in any part of the country. Many people move out of areas that are prone to earthquakes after experiencing one to escape the possibility...

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Insurance Checklist for Home Buyers

There are many different issues to consider when looking for the perfect home to purchase. One of the most overlooked issues is insurance coverage. However, it is one of the most important aspects about home ownership. It’s essential for those who are shopping for a home to factor in...

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Deciding on Separate Rental Car Coverage

Insuring a rental car is a process that confuses nearly everyone. Most people don’t consider this type of insurance until the issue is brought up by a sales representative at the checkout counter. While rental insurance may sound like a good idea, it’s important to know what is covered...

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Avoid the Damage of Winter

Many disasters caused by winter weather conditions can be prevented by taking a few simple steps. Although it’s hard to think about such things during warmer months, it’s important to be prepared when the colder weather arrives. It’s hard to predict the weather in the future. However, long periods...

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Dealing with Homeowners Policy Exclusions

Property exclusions exist in Sections A and B of a homeowners insurance policy. The following are some of the most important exclusions to be aware of:   Collapse – If a home collapses, there is no coverage provided unless the cause is included in the list of additional coverage...

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Homeowners Policies & Jewelry

After receiving valuable jewelry, it’s important to contact an insurance agent immediately. It’s important to keep in mind that most homeowners policies place limitations on coverage for personal valuable items. This means that owners of these valuable items may not receive the full value if any of the items...

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DON’T LET OBSOLETE DRIVING TECHNIQUES PUT YOU IN HARM’S WAY

It can be hard to hear your kids call your beloved television show reruns, choice of music, hairstyle, and/or clothes old school, but you’ll have to remember that you probably didn’t exactly jive with your parent’s choices either. While Elvis’s Rubbernecking may forever play in your head and never...

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FIRE INSURANCE COVERAGE: KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE AND UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS

The extensive and costly damage caused by California wildfires over the last couple of years should serve as a reminder on why it’s vital to both know how you should proceed after finding yourself victim to a large-scale fire, and fully understand your fire insurance coverage before you need...

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DON’T GET STUCK PAYING FOR COSTLY STORM CLEAN-UPS

Following a damaging fire, thunderstorm, hurricane, tornado, ice storm, or other disaster, one of your first concerns will be the structural damage your home has suffered and how to repair and restore it back to its original condition. In most cases, your homeowner’s insurance policy will pay for the...

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ARE YOUR VALUABLE COLLECTIBLES AND ANTIQUES ADEQUATELY PROTECTED?

Many Americans have a passion for collecting costly antiquities, while others may simple inherent some valuable antiques from their relatives. Either way, these antiques are often not adequately protected under a typical homeowner’s insurance policy. Being inadequately insured could mean significant financial and emotional loss if something were to...

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SAVE MONEY BY AVOIDING THESE COSTLY INSURANCE MISTAKES

When it comes to purchasing insurance, fear is an important motivator. We are justified in our worries about protecting assets such as homes and automobiles, and we buy insurance to protect our financial integrity. Despite our best efforts, sometimes our insurance does not offer full financial protection. This is...

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KNOW THE FACTS TO HELP AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF AUTO THEFT

According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, one vehicle is stolen about every 25.5 seconds in the U.S., which amounts to a total of 1,235,226 stolen U.S. vehicles and upwards of 7.6 billion dollars in vehicle losses. Despite the tremendous expense involved when a car is stolen, many...

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TIPS TO PREVENT AND COMBAT RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL FIRES

Nearly every home in America has a powerful and primed source of fire at this very moment, and it’s called electricity. From overloaded outlets to dated or defective wiring, there’s likely to be at least one electrical fire hazard in some corner of your home. The United States Consumer...

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Workers’ Comp Claims for Mental Illness May Be Difficult to Diagnose, But Are Real in Today’s Workplace

When one thinks of workers’ compensation, images of workplace accidents and occupational diseases come to mind. Though the vast majority of workers’ compensation cases do involve claims for physical injuries and conditions, a small-but potentially growing-portion of workers’ compensation cases are based on mental or psychological claims, particularly related...

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act Changes Rules for Privately-Owned Businesses

Responding to a number of scandals involving fraud at publicly owned companies, the U.S. Congress in 2002 enacted a new law intended to make undetected fraud less likely to occur.  The law applies only to public companies, mainly those whose securities are registered in accordance with the Securities Exchange...

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Understanding the Role of Loss Mitigation Insurance

Loss Mitigation Insurance transfers an unknown or unwanted exposure from one company to an insurance company for a price. LMI caps what would otherwise be an unknown amount and is particularly effective if the company with the liability is in the process of merging or being acquired. Employers of...

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